Located in the Burgundy region of France, the lovely town of Vézelay has a sense of simplicity and peaceful tranquility. Vézelay is best known for the Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene, one of Europe's largest and best-preserved Romanesque churches. Its harmonious architecture is alive with fascinating sculptures of saints, sinners and biblical figures. In the Middle Ages, Vézelay's basilica was a major pilgrimage destination thanks to its claimed relics of St. Mary Magdalene and its position along the route to Santiago de Compostela. Vézelay was also the site at which St. Bernard of Clairvaux preached the Second Crusade. There is even a bit of Protestant history here: Theodore Beza, a colleague of John Calvin in Geneva, was born in a house near the basilica. Follow a link below to explore this magnificent destination.
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Sacred Sites and Religious Attractions in Vezelay
Vézelay Abbey (Basilique Ste-Madeleine)Famed for its Romanesque sculpture, this 12th-century basilica is the largest Romanesque church in France. It attracted many pilgrims due to its relics of Mary Magdalene.